The original Village Cafe was started in 1990 by Patrick and Susie Butier as a place to showcase Patrick's knowledge of French-American cuisine. The Butiers sold the restaurant io 2003 to Tom Shaver. Tom was in the hospitality industry for 20+ years and helped to continue the great success Village Cafe had already achieved.
Dr. Leonard R. Achiron graduated from the New England College of Optometry with honors, but he?s not just book smart?he?s also laser smart. Dr. Achiron has co-managed more than 50,000 Lasik procedures as former professor of the Emory Eye Center and clinical director of Lasik Vision Institute. Like him, each of his colleagues on the center?s team of ophthalmologists has performed tens of thousands of eye surgeries, alleviating ailments ranging from nearsightedness and farsightedness to cataracts. At their clinic, they also pool their talents to treat eyes with nonsurgical services, such as exams, contact-lens fittings, and glasses for those who never took to their lessons on how to squint harder.
Holly’s cupcakes are made from scratch every day and decorated delightfully with superbly swirled dollops of homemade icing. These handheld treats come in a cavalcade of flavors. Classic combinations, such as chocolate and vanilla, are available every day, and creative cakes make guest appearances on different days of the week. On Tuesday, let your tongue ride atop a hummingbird (a traditional Southern cake with banana, pineapple, and pecans, topped with vanilla cream-cheese frosting) down the rocky road (a chocolate cake topped with ganache frosting, marshmallows, pecans, and drizzled chocolate). Or, drop by on Friday for a pink lemonade or Boston cream cup. Holly’s Cupcake Shop is closed Sundays and Mondays.
Even if you think you know what you want going into Fuzziwig's Candy Factory, you might find yourself lingering over the store's other selections. Everywhere you look, round dispensers teem with Jelly Belly jellybeans, gummy candies, and M&M's. Tubs of Tootsie Rolls, and Pixy Stix fill the floors, and fresh-made fudge and gourmet caramel apples line display cases. There?s also old fashioned and one-of-a-kind sodas to quench thirsts, toy bubblegum machines to fill goody bags, and PEZ dispensers to teach children about intellectual-property licensing. All of these items, along with a selection of Hello Kitty, TY, and Ganz toys, make excellent holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, or snacks for shopping marathons.
On a 6-acre farm in rural Georgia, Bella Cucina owner Alisa Barry and her team of chefs cook produce from their organic garden into small batches of artisanal sauces, spreads, and olive oils. Their "unbelievably delicious" artichoke-lemon pesto earned a spot on Oprah’s O List in 2004, and Atlanta: 365 Days, 365 Thing To Do calls the full roster of sauces "mouthwatering."
But the food is only one part of Barry’s mission to empower gourmands. She also stocks shelves with dozens of Italian cookbooks that brim with slow-food recipes and designs a line of ceramic cookware that respond to junk food by defensively sealing their lids.
You could easily spend every Saturday in Atlanta driving all over town, hitting up different farmers markets to stock up on produce for the week. One sure place to visit is Piedmont Park Conservancy’s Green Market in Midtown; just get there early if you want to park anywhere remotely near the 12th Street entrance. Depending on the season, the vendors in this market will offer whatever local fresh specialties are on hand. The standard vegetables and fruits are complemented by exotic teas, flavored goat cheeses and freshly brewed coffee. There are even food trucks on hand, serving breakfast or lunch to hungry market-goers. The Green Market at Piedmont Park also makes a fun first stop on your way to an arts festival or other rotating events at the park. And while it’s not the largest of Atlanta’s farmers markets, it provides an inspiring sampling of local products.